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Local Filmmaker Gearou's Mission: Story of Janelle Lisa Cruz: Last East Area Rapist Victim

Local Filmmaker Gearou's Mission:  Story of Janelle Lisa Cruz: Last East Area Rapist Victim

Todd Gearou, Sacramento based film producer, remembers well moving to Sacramento at age 15, with horror sweeping our communities as the East Area Rapist/Original Night Stalker continued his rampage of terror.  Having committed 50+ rapes and 10 murders attributed to the East Area Rapist, he, if still alive or not imprisoned, is nightmarishly still at large.  Says Gearou, “anyone who lived in the Sacramento area during the late 1970s will easily recall the overwhelming fear that California’s most prolific serial rapist and possibly future murderer had over this area.” 

Gearou, like many others, including law enforcement, often wondered what happened to this night phantom some 26 years after his last murder in Irvine, Ca (1986). 

Backyard beekeeping keeps neighborhood blooming

Backyard beekeeping keeps neighborhood blooming

SACRAMENTO, CA. - To bee or not to bee.  That's the quesiton that's been buzzing around in my brain for years.  

Should I put a hive of honeybees in my tiny Arden park backyard?  What about my kids, will they get stung? What if a giant swarm decides to call me, "Honey," and chases me into my bed.

What about my neighbor's son, Tommy Phillips, who's terribly allergic to bees? God forbid!  How could I ever forgive myself if one of my bees zapped him into anaphylactic shock! 

Somehow, I just decided to to bite the bullet, put on my bee-bravado and head over to Sacramento's beekeeping supply shop on W street.

I mustered up all kinds of courage.  "I'd like to order a swarm of bees."

"O.K." said Mr. B, the bee man.

O.M.G.  Was that all there was to beekeeping? Just order a swarm and BAM, you've a beekeeper?

The answer is quite simply, "Yes."

Backyard beekeeping keeps neighborhood blooming

Backyard beekeeping keeps neighborhood blooming

SACRAMENTO, CA. - To bee or not to bee.  That's the quesiton that's been buzzing around in my brain for years.  

Should I put a hive of honeybees in my tiny Arden park backyard?  What about my kids, will they get stung? What if a giant swarm decides to call me, "Honey," and chases me into my bed.

What about my neighbor's son, Tommy Phillips, who's terribly allergic to bees? God forbid!  How could I ever forgive myself if one of my bees zapped him into anaphylactic shock! 

Somehow, I just decided to to bite the bullet, put on my bee-bravado and head over to Sacramento's beekeeping supply shop on W street.

I mustered up all kinds of courage.  "I'd like to order a swarm of bees."

"O.K." said Mr. B, the bee man.

O.M.G.  Was that all there was to beekeeping? Just order a swarm and BAM, you've a beekeeper?

The answer is quite simply, "Yes."

Shanahans Towing to the Rescue when "Haunted Car" Mystery Strikes Again!

Shanahans Towing to the Rescue when "Haunted Car" Mystery Strikes Again!

Elk Grove to Gold River -- Most women dread being stranded when our car suddenly refuses to start. That's why having insurance coverage for emergency road service is very important to minimize the hassle of being stranded and alone. Fortunately, my insurance company called Shanahans Auto Body & Paint that has 24-hour towing and Louie Alemar was at my side within minutes! He towed my car to Add Performance in Gold River where the mechanical wizard, Dave McDonald, drove away my car's "demon" within minutes! Dave exorcised a corroded battery cable, and I was on my way. Even though both Dave McDonald and Louie Alemar were just doing their respective jobs, they both excelled with their knowledge and A+ customer service! When you need car repairs, contact Dave McDonald at www.AddPerformance.com because Dave says, "It'sy All About the Horsepower!"

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This is not an advertisment; just one person's personal experience.

AARP Offers Free Tax Help

AARP Offers Free Tax Help

Sacramento -- Seniors who are 60+ years old as well as low- and middle-income taxpayers may qualify for free assistance with filing 2011 income tax returns through an AARP program. Tax preparers will be at the St. Paul Family Life Center at 4036 - 14th Avenue on Mondays at 1:15 p.m.

NEWS FLASH -- Girl Scout Cookie Locator Works!

NEWS FLASH -- Girl Scout Cookie Locator Works!

Sacramento -- Patience tempered my unbridled eagerness Monday when I found a sale location for Girl Scout cookies on the website www.girlscoutshcc.org to find local businesses supporting this once-a-year fundraiser. Girl Scouts are selling the unique cookies through the end of March.